Category Archives: The Departed

Known Known

Donald Rumsfeld croaked in June. Good riddance to bad rubbish. The orange Donald is plain stupid; this Donald was evil incarnate. Two notable Rumsfeld vomita: “Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we … Continue reading

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Today – Last Trip with Heinz

Final farewell to my dear and much-missed friend Heinz. Below are excerpts of a letter I received in April from his wife:

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Remembering Heinz Schwarzkopf – Gentlemen’s Gentleman

Heinz Schwarzkopf November 10th 1950 August 26th 2020 I first met Heinz Schwarzkopf about ten years ago. He subsequently visited Singapore a few more times. He visited twice in 2017,  first, to attend a gathering organized by local pipe-smoking friends … Continue reading

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Mum

I woke up, and suddenly my head was filled with recollections of unpleasant events and hurtful thoughts of obnoxious people. The rest of the day didn’t go well. The outing with grandkids left me unfulfilled in more ways than one. … Continue reading

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Broken Pipe

A great friend and bro, Daniel Yeo, left us on 28th October. Many make empty promises, but Daniel always delivered. Many are full of sound and fury, signifying nothing, but Daniel’s quiet composure was always a stabilizing factor. Many spout … Continue reading

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The Ultimate “Fuck You!”

Back in 1967, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Soviet Union, Leonid Brezhnev demanded something spectacular from the Soviet space program. He wanted to stage a dramatic midspace rendezvous between two Soviet spaceships. The plan was … Continue reading

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Tan Swee Leong

So the man with the golden voice – Mr Guthire Hour Tan Swee Leong – died on December 18th at age 77, leaving behind three ex-wives and three daughters. It took me a long time to decide to pen this. … Continue reading

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Goodbye Thamrong Phongthitithep

When I was working in the circus, there were more assholes and morons than good people. In my ten years there, I have encountered only a handful of good people. Thamrong Phongthitithep was a good man. I am very saddened … Continue reading

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A Tragedy

On September 4th, someone placed an obituary for the little Kurdish boy Aylan Kurdi in The Sydney Morning Herald: Aylan You did not deserve to drown in the coldness of water and in the coldness of human indifference. You were … Continue reading

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Farewell, PG

Farewell, PG. You left as suddenly as you appeared. You taught us how to live. You showed us the meaning of life. You didn’t care what others think; you didn’t need anyone’s approval, you were the master of your own … Continue reading

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